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Organic Makeup look inspired by winter beauty

Sweater Weather Eco Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly makeup series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural looks for everyday life. #EffortlessbyKlavaZ

This is a special edition of the Beauty Series that I’m extra excited about!  Once a month I will be releasing a look that will be focused on using mostly or all eco beauty products.  If you know me or you had a chance to read About Klava then you know how passionate I am about natural cosmetics!  I blame my green ways on my 10 years of living in the beautiful West Coast of Canada, Victoria BC.  Life is a bit less hectic there with a big focus on living consciously, honouring our natural environment and your body by avoid putting toxins in it.

I stepped on the path of natural wellness when my health wasn’t great and being motivated to get better and naturally curious I researched and read a lot about healthy lifestyle, nutrition and since I was a makeup artist, cosmetics as well.  I was lovingly named “our hippie” by the MAC girls I worked together with at the store at the time.  I was really shocked to learn how many toxic ingredients cosmetic companies add to their products!  So I was eager to find alternative makeup and skincare that would perform well without the bad stuff in them.  I know that there is still an impression that natural organic makeup products don’t work well, but natural makeup has progressed a long way since the original “crunchy” ways.

Hopefully with my once a month green makeup look I can show you that there are many green products that work just as well and sometimes better then conventional cosmetics.  Every month I discover new brands that produce beautiful eco clean makeup!  A lot of them I found through my little (ahem, big) addiction called Instagram. 🙂 I’m slowly working towards my goal – a fully stocked eco kit with the best natural organic products in the market.

THE LOOK

Winter Beauty Eco Makeup look Before and After

This green beauty look is called Sweater Weather.  It is inspired by the soft cool tones of winter, when snow makes all colours look slightly muted.  When I put on my chunky knit sweater and my hat and feeling all cozy, I feel like adding a bit of lightness to my look, like crips winter air.   I think that the combination of lilac and mauve tones worked well to convey that feeling. 🙂

Before I get to this look in details, I wanted to mention that I recently did a guest blog post on my friend’s blog for her wedding planning and styling company Toast Events. I blogged about winter specific makeup tricks and creating makeup looks for a special occasion like winter wedding.  Check it out here.

Winter Beauty Makeup Look

HOW TO

EYES

Very often I start with the eyes and then do the rest of the face.  I do so in case I have some fall outs from the eyeshadows under the eyes.  This way I don’t have to redo my concealer or foundation.  I can easily swipe them away and finish with the skin.

TECHNIQUE TIP – EYE SHADOW

The focus of my technique is the application of the eyeshadow for this look.  I used a slightly frosted lilac eyeshadow and applied it with a flat firm eyeshadow shader brush all over the eyelids, in the inner corners and all over under the eyes as well.  I chose a firm brush because I really wanted the light colour to show up and brighten up the eye with its lilac shine.  I like to switch it up and use light colours instead of dark to line the bottom  of the eyes.  It makes the eyes stand out in a different way, it’s sort of has this airy effect.  This light shade of lilac looks good with most eye-colours and flatters most skin tones, but dark.  Somebody with a darker skin tone can still wear it, but would have to use this colour very sparingly, blended with other colours to avoid looking too stark of a contrast.

Then I used a small pointy pencil brush and applied a taupe colour in the inner corner of the eyes and blended its edges with a clean soft and fluffy blending brush for a washed out effect.  I only wanted a hint of colour in the outer corner to ground the lilac colour a bit, that’s why I blended it well with a clean brush.

In the middle of this week I will be posting the video of this technique tip on my Instagram @KlavaZ.Makeup.

SKIN

I applied a creamy foundation all over the face and blended it in with my fingers until it looked like my model’s actual skin just slightly perfected.  The foundation I used didn’t need any setting with powder on model’s skin.  To bring subtle colour to the cheeks I barely touched them with a light colour pinky brown blush.

LIPS

I used a frosted pinky lipstick as a base and added a light brown glossy finish on top to get the soft mauve colour that echoed the blush colour.

PRODUCTS

Since the eco makeup products are the focus of this look, I will try to include the majority of the products used to create the look, not just the usual key products selection.

Eco Makeup Products for Winter beauty Look

Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation.  I’m in love!  My skin is so fussy, sensitive and breaks out easily.  This is the only liquid foundation that I found so far that works wonderfully for my skin.   It actually feels better after wearing it!  No wonder, if you read the ingredient list, you would think that its a nurturing skincare cream, not cosmetics.  I can honestly write a whole blog just on this foundation!  It offers light but build-able coverage, wears well, has moisturizing qualities and anti-aging benefits.  One layer application is easy, blends lovely, even though it doesn’t have dimethicone (the stuff that makes foundations slippery, but doesn’t let your skin breathe).  If you need to layer for more coverage, I found that the beauty blender (what else, really!) works really well.

Da lish Illumination Concealer.  Another great complexion eco product from my personal makeup bag.  To find a great under eye concealers is hard even among the multitude of conventional products.  It needs to be the right shade, slightly on the peachy or pinky side to counteract the dark circles.  It has to be creamy not to accentuate any fine lines but has to set nicely so it doesn’t slide around during the day.  It has to have good coverage to actually do the job and if it has a bit of brightening qualities – that’s a bonus.  This concealer does it all without any toxic ingredients and it’s made in Canada.  I rest my case.

Fitglow Beauty Mineral Eye Trio in Nightfall.  It’s a pretty colour combination in the cool tones of lilac and taupe in satin finish and matte black.  Easy to work with, though I wish the lilac and black parts would have the same consistency as the taupe – it’s a bit more creamy and pigmented then the other two.

Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick in Dune.  A lovely soft platinum pink with a cool tone frost finish.  It feels creamy going on and then sets which makes it really long wearing.  It is quite frosty, so be aware if you have dry lips, it can accentuate the dry texture.  This brand has been around for awhile – since 1992 and has a few lines that only use 100% natural ingredients and are gluten free and vegan.  I’m still discovering their products.

Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint in Glisten.  A nude caramel colour with glossy shimmer.  I really like this product’s design, it’s very similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks and so easy to use on the go.  It even feels similar going on, sort of a mix between a lipstick and a gloss.  I guess the name of it really describes it well. 🙂  It does feel moisturizing, has a lovely glossy finish that is not sticky at all.  Like most glossy lip products, I don’t find it stays on long, but I don’t mind reapplying because it feels so nice going on.  Mineral Fusion line is the most affordable one that I found so far in the eco makeup range and it’s free from a lot of bad stuff like parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates.

Pure Anada Mineral Blush in Sweet Pea.  I reach for this earth rose warm coloured blush very often!  It’s a beautiful option for a subtle cheek definition.  I recommend really buffing it so that the mica in it will impart a soft glow on the skin.  Sometimes mica can be too shimmery, but this finish is perfect.  I do find that some of the product flakes off when I pick up the colour with the brush, which means this blush will be done sooner then I would like to.  Another Canadian made cosmetic line!  I like a cosmetic line that think not only about how green the ingredients they are using are, but also how eco friendly their packaging is.  This range of blushes comes in a pan that inserts into a reusable magnetic compact.  How cool is that!

NIGHT TIME VERSION OF THE LOOK

 

Smokey eyes. Eco Makeup Look inspired by winter

When in doubt – go smokey.  It’s always the easiest way to amp up the look by adding a bit more darker colour around the eyes.  You will only need one colour since you already have a few colours on the eyes already.  I picked up the black shade from the trio eyeshadow with a pointy pencil brush and went along the lash line all around the eyes skipping the most inner corner.  I really brought the lower shadow down by blending downwards for a more dramatic smokey look at the bottom.  Then I took the dark colour to the outer corner crease to give more depth the eye.  Black eyeshadow mixed with lilac resulted in a beautiful evening grey smokey eyes look.

Viola – an effortless and elegant makeup look created using mostly natural makeup products!

Let me know if you try it out!  Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of the Sweater Weather look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.  I would love to see how you did it!  I also do private lessons and group masterclasses, so if you are in Ottawa and would like to become a pro at your own makeup, check out my Educating page.

Come back next week to check out the next look in my Beauty Series!  And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration.

 

Have an effortless beauty day!

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Credits
Photos Throne Photography
Model Anastasia C Models International Management
Styling Toast Special Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Iwokeuplikethis makeup workshop information

#Iwokeuplikethis Natural Makeup Workshop June 17

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Sometimes my favourite makeup looks are the ones that don’t even look like makeup was a big part of the morning routine, but there she is: with luminous fresh skin, glowing in all the right places (because when it glows in wrong places we call it greasy), eyes are defined and stand out, brows are polished, there is a flush of youthful colour to the cheeks and lips are smooth with the perfect pink hue to them.  It’s not just about what you do with makeup, but how you apply it and what products you are using that makes a big difference.  And I will be talking about it, sharing the secrets and showing it all step by step at my makeup workshop #Iwokeuplikethis on June 17th at the Handmade Bride.

Natural makeup seminar workshop in Ottawa

What you will learn at my workshop:

Makeup that complements your features, while still being effortless.  How to do makeup that looks like it’s barely there but at the same time transforms you into your better version.  The version that looks like you get 10 hour beauty sleep every day, drink your green smoothie everyday, do yoga twice a day, don’t have any worries or concerns and have all the time in the world to laugh with your friends.   I will show you the best products to achieve this, how to apply them, the techniques, in what order, what tools to use for best results.

I’m very much into makeup that doesn’t take time.  My time in the morning is usually taken up by running after my 16 month-old adorable daughter, so “efficient” is the key word in my routine.  You will learn the tricks and shortcuts to achieving desirable effects.

It took me years at a beauty counter helping hundreds of women to find and perfect makeup techniques that work and I can’t wait to share them!  I will demystify highlighting, contouring and bronzing and show you the easy daytime appropriate way to do it (forget that 30 minute Youtube tutorial involving 3 different shades of concealer).

over exaggerated contouring and highlighting

How NOT to contour

 

You will also learn the latest summer beauty trends and how to easily incorporate them into your daily routine.   I will show you how you can add just one thing to your look to make it more fresh and current.

What to expect from my workshop:

It will be a fun summer beauty event with delicious catering by Gourmet, cocktails made for sharing with friends and a pop-up shop by Louche Lily.  It’s a trendy online Eco beauty boutique that carries the best natural and organic beauty products on the market.  Beauty without Sacrifice is their motto and I’m such a believer in it (as you will find out if you don’t know me already)!  Their products are carefully selected, maintaining the highest quality ingredients for your skin.  Simply put, the products must produce RESULTS, contain healthy ingredients and be luxurious to look at, to feel and ultimately to bring home for your vanity table.

Trust Fund Beauty nail polishes

Extra bonus will be having Lyz Plant – a world renowned makeup artist who has been practicing make up artistry for 15 years and a founder and CEO of Louche Lily at the event.  When not found behind a computer screen keeping up on the most savvy beauty trends for Louche Lily, you can most likely find Lyz Plant at any given Fashion Week, or in front of a possible celebrity or bride.  I have to admit, I have a bit (big!) of a crush on Lyz, her talent and her mastermind. 🙂  How amazing it will be to have her there to tell us about her favourite products that she tested out herself on numerous high-mantainance clients and to recommend makeup and skincare to my guests one-on-one!  I’m always searching for natural products that deliver, so I’m really looking forward to picking her brain.

The workshop will be held at The Handmade Bride boutique, which I like to visit once in awhile simply for inspiration, that’s how beautiful the space and dresses are.  Meaghan, the genius behind it, hand picks independent Canadian designers with Indie spirit for boutique’s dresses and accessories (fun bow-ties and lovely floral crowns among many others).   I love that they offer dress alterations not just on their own, but customers’ dresses bought elsewhere as well!

I know that by now the only thing you would like to know is where to buy the tickets to this fabulous event!  Follow this LINK at Snapuptickets.com to register for the workshop and buy your tickets.

At the last makeup workshop I did women were telling me that if they knew it would be this much fun they would have brought friends.  Hint, hint.

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Holiday Look Makeup Seminar

Can’t wait to see you at my summer beauty workshop!  I promise you will have an amazing time!  And maybe will get to be my model for one of the looks! 😉